BACKWARDS AND IN HIGH HEELS (MOM) by Melanie Hickerson
MOM – BACKWARDS AND IN HIGH HEELS, acrylic, gold leaf on canvas, 60“ x 48”, from photo of Mom tap dancing in her youth, with bees and dragonfly, a lot of blues. Exhibited at ACC Cypress Campus June-August 2012; Austin Bergstrom International Airport, Nov. 1, 2012 –September 29, 2013; Old Bakery Emporium, November, 2014.
I wanted to paint a full figure portrait with a relatively seamless background. Experiments with adding the strings of gilded paint engage a dialogue with breaking the ground plane. The inclusion of the insects’ images suggest metaphors and energy to reflect the vitality of the dancing figure.